Friday, December 15, 2017

Bell's Amber Ale (2017 re-review to BJCP specs)


DOB: 7/5/17

2015 BJCP Category: 19A American Amber Ale

AROMA: Moderate citrusy/floral American hop character (akin to that of a pale ale rather than an IPA). Moderately-low caramel malt presence. Hints towards sweetness, but is far from intense. Nose is simple and clean, albeit mild. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Beautiful copper hue (13-17 SRM). Particulates can be seen floating in suspension. Moderate off-white froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Moderate citrusy/floral hop flavor up front. Bitterness is low. Malt is nondescript at first, but emerges with a notable caramel flavor and minor sweetness on the second half. Faint toasty malt flavor in the background. Palette finishes exactly as it starts. Mild, brief hoppy aftertaste; otherwise quite neutral. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and carbonation. Smooth texture. Extremely drinkable for 5.8% ABV. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION:  8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 40/50

NOTE: See my 2013 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2013/03/bells-amber-ale.html